Why Women Need Fat: Okay to Gain Weight After Babies?

Why do men find women's hourglass figures attractive? That was the question that let William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin, Ph.D., down the path to their new book, Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever. It may seem like an unusual path -- from attractiveness to why and how American women have gained weight over the last forty years -- but it's more straightforward than you might have guessed. ...more
I can honestly say that I've gained very few (if any) pounds after having had three babies. But ...more

The Last Laugh

Okay, so I gained a pound or two in 2011.   So what?!  Lots of people did.   Does that make me a bad person?...more

Recipe: The Ultimate Smoothie

What you’ll need:1/4 cup yogurt1 teaspoon psyllium husks1 Tablespoon flax oil1 scoop greens powder1 Tablespoon chia seeds1 Tablespoon ground almonds1 Tablespoon tahini1/2 scoop rice protein powder...more

Learning to Run

Last Saturday I completed my first group run. I joined the local running club: Carolina Godiva Running Club. Each Spring the club hosts a training program to help "couch potatoes" become runners.  Fittingly, the program is called "Running Start".  ...more

Are Fat Kids' Parents Guilty of Child Abuse?

I was a little shocked to learn that a Cleveland, Ohio 3rd grader was removed from his parents' custody because he is obese. Granted, I need to lose weight, and perhaps that influences my opinion -- but it wasn't intuitive to me that having a fat kid is child abuse. By the way, I am using the term fat intentionally. It is all well and good to soften a message with politically correct terms -- but there are some topics that I think deserve the impact that the harsher words bring to the table....more
Portion sizes are much larger now than they ever were back in the day, even actual plates and ...more

The Human Accordion

I find it remarkable that others maintain their figure responsibly. They inconspicuously stay within five pounds of a normal weight, as if they committed as babies not to disrupt the progressive, natural process of life.  They live steadily at one size all the way through their thirties, slightly plump up around midlife, then shrivel.  Cut to a still of my wardrobe, ranging in size from 4 to 18. I was skinny as a child; a redheaded, gangly arrangement of bones....more

I eat potatoes... with butter.

 I eat potatoes.  Everyday for lunch I eat potatoes smothered in butter and salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Oh my, so good! ...more

Because I’m Worth More Than That

This morning on the Australian Today Show, presenter Lisa Wilkinson made one of the best comments I've heard yet regarding women and body image:"Any woman who doesn't celebrate celebrating another birthday needs to visit a cancer ward."Amen, sister....more

It's Not the Size of the Behind, It's a State of Mind

What makes women beautiful?I hope when you think of beauty, you think of women who are not only physically attractive (there are PLENTY of those women out there), but women who have substance to their heart....more
I love this, now maybe I could try taking your advice ;)more

Our Bodies Know What They Need

I'm only (only?!) four months into pregnancy, but already this early mamahood experience is teaching me so much. Number one is this: trust. I've already written about trusting in the face of fear or adversity. But beyond that I've been learning that my body is trustworthy. ...more
This is a beautiful article that has inspired me to feel gratitude for my strong, healthy, and ...more